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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Please refer to your department's postgraduate handbook or webpages for the definitive version of review procedures as local arrangements may vary slightly from this guide:

  1. The Degree Committee will check your submission and refer your report to two Assessors (both of whom are usually internal to the University but neither of whom is your supervisor). This process can take up to 7 days but we aim to complete the checks as quickly as possible.
    Please do not send your report directly to your Assessor(s); if they request a paper copy of your report we will let you know and ask you to provide one.
  1. Your Assessors will independently read your reports and write a short pre-viva report.
  1. Your Assessors will then contact you to arrange an oral.
  1. In the oral they will explore your topic and progress with you and your future plans.
  1. After the oral the Assessors will write reports to the Degree Committee:
  • commenting on your progress and suitability as a PhD researcher and whether or not what you aim to do is feasible within the timescale available for the PhD;
  • they may also recommend actions that you and your supervisor might take to support or improve your progress;
  • they will recommend whether or not you should now be registered for the PhD

   5. The Assessors' reports will be made available to you as feedback, and to your Department and Supervisor.

   6.  Your Supervisor will be asked to send a report on your progress in light of the Assessors' feedback.

   7. The Department and Degree Committee will review all these reports and decide whether or not to recommend you are registered for the PhD.


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Office closures

The Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 28 March 2024 and will reopen again on Tuesday 2 April 2024.
Research degree theses should still be submitted by your submission deadline even if that falls over the holiday period.